A splendid late 1700s to earliest 1800s silk embroidery tapestry or sampler, stipple work and magnificent embroidery throughout. The work is done on silk, and you see some of the natural deterioration that is almost always found on these very old ones. Review it in our photos - it's just stunning in spite of its obvious age lines, minor issues. A charming view, hand painted face, arms, distant mausoleum and trees, but everything else in stitched in a very fine silk thread, one stitch at a time. The tomb is a typical theme, and you see iconography of mourning throughout this one. The overhanging tree, not quite a weeping willow, but similar. The bountiful basket of fruit (fruits of our life's labour, a rich full basket here), the new green leaves of everlasting new life, which is icon for eternal life. Further, she holds a shell to her ear to hear the roar of the oceans, perhaps a private connection or thought that tied her to her lost loved one in experience. The stipple work is beautifully done, and there are metallic threads used throughout for a heightened shimmer to this beautiful old tapestry. One of the finest - a superb treasure, c. 1770-1830. Outer frame is 19" x 16.5" and is just 3/8" deep. The cover glass does appear to be the old original, too.
Very good condition for age and type. There are no big loss and no rips, just some fading and some natural age deterioration to the silk. The old frame appears to be original though we are used to seeing these with a black-enameled and gold trim cover glass, I don't think this one was ever mounted in that manner. The presence of the embroidery garland around it seems to preclude an eglomise matting, and also there is not darkening or a line that would indicate it has ever been framed other than as you see it. Small loss on the frame, upper left of screen image, visible for your inspection.
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